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Primary Source Collections and Exhibitions
Digital Library of the Caribbean
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.
Digital Archive of Latin American & Caribbean Ephemera
Rare pamphlets, flyers, leaflets, brochures, posters, stickers, and postcards that document political and social issues in the region.
A digital exhibition from the Museum of the African Diaspora
Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox
A digital exhibition from the Museum of the African Diaspora, including a downloadable Educator Resource Guide.
En Mas': Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean
A digital exhibition by the Museum of the African Diaspora, including a downloadable Educator's Resource Guide
Searchable and sortable databases of the Trans-Atlantic and Intra-American slave trades as well as the names of African people taken into captivity. Users can sort data on point of departure, gender, slave ship captain, and many many more variables. Site includes image galleries that contextualize data with historical maps, ship manifests, drawings, and more.
The following collections are part of AM Explorer, a large database of primary source collections from Adam Matthew Digital. A Wellesley login is required.
Material in the collection spans across the globe and over five centuries, from the explorations of Columbus and other Europeans, through to de-colonisation in the second half of the 20th century and debates over American Imperialism.
American Indian Histories and Cultures
Documents relating to American Indian history in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including treaties, speeches and diaries, historic maps and travel journals, and artwork. Includes material on the Caribbean.
Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings
Over 60 field collections from ethnomusicologists dating from the mid-20th century to the early 21st century. Audio recordings, videos, field notebooks, and journals in this resource document musical traditions and how music interacts with different societies and cultures all over the globe.
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
Documents and collections from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world, with close attention given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social-justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.
For more primary source collections, see the Primary Sources: History research guide.
3 ways to find primary sources
A Caribbean Studies Journal
Tout Moun--Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies
An open access, peer-reviewed, academic online journal for cutting-edge research in Cultural Studies produced in and about the Caribbean.
MoAD: Museum of the African Diaspora
"MoAD, a contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora." (from their About Us page) Includes videos, digital exhibitions, educator resources, and more.
Global African History - BlackPast.org
An online, scholarly reference guide to African history across the globe.
Using SuperSearch to find Primary Sources
You can also use SuperSearch to find primary sources.
Put your search terms in and, on the results page, use the filters to select content types like video, magazine articles, and government documents:
If your research is about a specific time period, scroll down to filter by time, too: